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Workplace fatality - Willunga Hill

Incident Alert
19 April 2018

We are investigating a fatal workplace incident that occurred yesterday (Wednesday, 18 April) at Willunga Hill.

It is believed the worker, using a tractor with a front end loader and bucket attachment, was attempting to lift and move a round hay bale when the bale fell back onto the operator. SafeWork SA is working together with police and emergency services in the ongoing investigation of this matter.

General safety information

SafeWork SA reminds everyone who operates a tractor, or similar lifting equipment, about the importance of working safely with these machines and the use of correct implements for the task being undertaken.

When working with a tractor or other lifting machinery, care should be taken to ensure that loads are secure and the risk of falling on the operator is considered and controlled. Please ensure work is carried out in accordance with the manufacturer's Rated Operating Load.

The tractor should be fitted with a falling object protective structure to protect the operator in certain activities. In South Australia, a rollover protective structure (ROPS) is also required to be fitted to all tractors with a weight of 560kg to 15 tonne.

If you work with tractors, read the relevant section in our Farmers' Guidebook to work health and safety for practical guidance on managing risks related to tractors.